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  Mahir Çağrı - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mahir claimed in various interviews that his personal webpage was hacked, with additions such as "I like sex" embedded into his webpage.
At the San Francisco appearance, Mahir was led through a meta-web of scenes from his webpage, posing for photos with an accordion, playing a very brief game of ping-pong, and so on.
Mahir may have been among the inspirations for British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to create the character Borat Sagdiyev, a fake reporter for Kazakh television, as seen on Da Ali G Show.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mahir_Cagri   (481 words)

 Salon Technology | I Kiss You!!!!!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Mahir's page initially included an e-mail address and several phone numbers; two of the phone numbers have since disappeared.
But Mahir is already inspiring fan clubs, including one lusty lover of the "Turkish stud" who put together an (tongue-in-cheek?) animated homage inspired by his Web page.
Whatever the case may be, may Mahir live in infamy forever beside the Hampster, bringing us all together for a quick giggle one more time.
www.salon.com /tech/log/1999/11/04/mahir   (619 words)

 From: New York Now | Technology |
So when Cagri put on the red shirt, not the blue one he was wearing before, it was a direct challenge to Naylor.
After the club, where Cagri finally seems to enjoy himself, the crew trundles him off to Hooters, a restaurant where the waitresses are dressed to accentuate their — uh, assets.
It's tempting to view Cagri as an innocent, judging from the lack of guile he shows in his pictures, but that would be wrong.
home.nyc.rr.com /callbritton/NYDN-Mahir.htm   (1173 words)

 More Mahir mania - Salon
Mahir is actually Mahir Cagri, a resident of Izmir (just as his Web site says).
Turkish newspaper (where, incidentally, Mahir's picture was plastered on the front page), was actually designed as a joke by an anonymous friend.
The newspaper reports say that Mahir has been feeling overwhelmed with the calls, and is a bit embarrassed that everyone thinks he is obsessed with sex -- at least, according to those Turkish readers who kindly translated for me.
dir.salon.com /story/tech/log/1999/11/08/more_mahir/?sid=406601   (544 words)

 Mahir Madness
Mahir Cagri was a Turkish man who, like many other people throughout the world, created a personal homepage for himself on the web.
I like sex." Mahir went on to describe his love of travel, noting that, "I like to take foto-camera (amimals, towns, nice nude models and peoples)." He concluded by inviting women to come visit him, "Who is want to come TURKEY I can invitate.
Although critics noted that there was a touch of cultural condescension in all the fuss over a (supposedly) sex-craved Turkish guy, Mahir himself didn't complain since he was able to cash in on the sudden, unsought fame through interviews and TV commercials.
www.museumofhoaxes.com /mahir.html   (413 words)

 Star of
Cagri, 40, said that his story still resonates because he was the first person to achieve global fame through a personal home page, embodying the dreams of self-publishers everywhere.
Cagri said the prankster had added the references to sex and the open invitation, but he now says they were his own.) Within days a million people had visited the page.
Cagri was the Internet's village idiot, but others were touched by his warmth or just tickled by the absurdity of the whole phenomenon.
www.jky.net /mahir_nyt.htm   (929 words)

 Turkish Internet phenomenon considers UN role - ZDNet UK News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Mahir Cagri, Turkish bachelor and the man behind of one of the Web's strangest success stories, spoke exclusively to ZDNet to confirm that, in response to popular demand, he is considering becoming a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Cagri is clearly undaunted by the magnitude of this possible new role and said he would like to "solve all problems of wars and starving children".
Cagri also commented that he "likes very much" the new MP3 song written in his honour, although he wondered whether the creators had gained permission to use the lyrics for his now world-renowned Web page.
news.zdnet.co.uk /internet/0,39020369,2075119,00.htm   (513 words)

 Salon Technology | More Mahir mania   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
His famous Web page, according to a Turkish newspaper (where, incidentally, Mahir's picture was plastered on the front page), was actually designed as a joke by an anonymous friend.
Besides the Turkish Stud animation, there are the girls who love Mahir, and the Mahir Fan Club on Yahoo (44 members and counting!).
But perhaps the most fitting homage of them all is one that combines the two most bizarre Web crazes of the last year (Mahir and the Hampster Dance) into one perfect HTML package: The MahirDance.
www.salon.com /tech/log/1999/11/08/more_mahir   (545 words)

 Wired News: Mahir, Live and in the Flesh
Mahir gained international fame when his Web site, featuring pictures of him in tight bathing trunks and an open invitation to women ("Who is want to come TURKEY I can invitate...
Mahir did not seem to mind (or notice) that his grizzled, unshaven cheeks were smeared with the lipstick of American well-wishers, or that his handlers were guiding him, not unlike a circus animal, from one gimmicky photo-op (based on the original Web site photos) to the next.
Mahir strapped on the instrument, broke into a grin, and swaying to his own rhythm, played a lively Turkish song.
www.wired.com /news/culture/0,1284,33122,00.html   (779 words)

 The Smoking Gun
Cagri's personal homepage, written in pidgin English and full of strange spellings and syntaxes, had instantaneously become an internet phenomenon.
While Cagri's fame may prove to be short-lived, he has been considering proposals which would strengthen his celebrity status in the western world.
The player enters the role of Mahir Cagri and, armed with a variety of weapons, works his way up a bracket of computer-controlled enemies to become The Ultimate Champion.
www.failmath.com /smokinggun/mahir.shtml   (540 words)

 This just in   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
If you're online, chances are someone's already e-mailed you the URL for a home page supposedly belonging to a Turkish man named Mahir Cagri, a hyper-friendly, ample-nosed journalist with a taste for women, sex, photography, accordions, sunbathing, table tennis, and exclamation points.
The giggling over Cagri's page is really no different from the creepy laughs at the expense of Chinese and Pakistani restaurateurs on Seinfeld, or of Sirajul and Mujibur, the awkward Bangladeshi brothers who occasionally pop up for campy laughs on The Late Show with David Letterman.
We're not suggesting that Cagri's site itself is ethnically insensitive (especially since it was put together by one of his own pals), but the idea of the mostly white-bread wired nation chuckling en masse about the clumsy musings of a foreigner strikes us as a little, well, creepy.
www.bostonphoenix.com /archive/features/99/11/18/TJI_MAHIR.html   (420 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | My homepage will save the world!
Ten days ago, Mahir Cagri was an unknown journalist working in the Turkish city of Izmir.
Cagri will go to America, he told me, where he intends to use his fame to do good works - shortly after he has made a film with an unnamed America studio.
Cagri's said his ambition eventually is to join the UN, something 91% of those on one website poll said would be a good idea.
www.guardian.co.uk /g2/story/0,3604,252414,00.html   (769 words)

 Wish upon a web star - Icon - Technology - smh.com.au
When Cagri was named the world's most known person by Forbes magazine in 2000, Emerson may have been smiling in his grave.
In November 2002, a 15-year-old from Quebec known only as Ghyslain (to protect his identity from even more torturous attention), recorded himself wielding a golf-ball retriever in his school's AV room, pretending it was a double lightsabre in the style of Darth Maul, the villain of Star Wars: A Phantom Menace.
Mahir Cagri: a Turkish man has his webpage hijacked and revamped with more kitsch dagginess than any egocentric person could stand.
www.smh.com.au /news/Icon/Wish-upon-a-web-star/2005/04/27/1114462090092.html   (1758 words)

 Popular culture on the Internet - Web icons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Mahir Cagri's home page is another quite simple page which gained popularity through emailing.
Cagri, a Turkish gentleman whose site calls for world peace as well as invites beautiful women to stay with him in Turkey, has since claimed that his site is a hoax.
But Cagri claims that many of the popular frank comments about women and sex were placed there by a hacker.
iml.jou.ufl.edu /projects/Spring01/Falor/icons.html   (554 words)

 Technology: Turk becomes unexpected cybercelebrity
As for Mahir, once the hackers did their work, his phone wouldn't stop ringing; his 5-year-old computer froze up, overloaded with messages.
Her collection includes sites that superimpose animals on Cagri's photos, games such as "Where's Mahir?" instead of "Where's Waldo?" a Mahir search engine and a game in which players try to kill the evil Mahir character, who is playing an accordion.
Cagri graciously gives autographs, poses for pictures wearing dark sunglasses and answers reporters' questions through a translator.
www.sptimes.com /News/010300/Technology/Turk_becomes_unexpect.shtml   (562 words)

 jhvu.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
On the Web, however, Mahir is many things to many people: a Chance Gardner-Forrest Gump naif, an unwitting Foreign Man caricature, a testament to bad 1995-era Web design, and another prospector making his claim to 15 minutes.
Supposedly, Mahir's page was hacked by someone, who promptly sent the URL to his friends to get a chuckle.
Mahir may very well be the Web's first reluctant cult of personality, though his congenial smile barely warrants such a label.
www.jhvu.com /feature.aspx?id=439bdbac-720b-489c-9c1b-7fb9522d7355   (182 words)

 Mahir! Live! / Single Turkish cyberstud and his Web page make a global splash
Cagri, a Speedo-wearing 37-year-old journalist and music teacher from Izmir, Turkey, rocketed to fame last month when his humbly hilarious home page ``invitating'' women to visit him was picked up by a computer hacker and e-mailed around the world.
Mahir T-shirts and mugs are already being peddled online, and though eTour says it wants to ``celebrate the impact Mahir's instant celebrity has had on the Internet community,'' it also wants to cash in on his fame.
Cagri, who is chronicling his U.S. tour with daily postings on the eTour Web site, figures it's about time he started benefiting from his own exploitation.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1999/12/16/DD46310.DTL   (1054 words)

 Wired News: Mahir Girds Loins for Fame
ISTANBUL -- Mahir Cagri, the Turk who became an accidental Internet cult hero, said on returning home from a world tour on Thursday that he would not shirk the responsibilities of new-found fame.
Cagri, a 37-year-old journalist and amateur photographer from Izmir, was dubbed the Internet's Forrest Gump late last year when his naive Web page clocked millions of visitors.
Cagri's homepage greeting -- "I Kiss You!!!!" -- rapidly became a de rigeur salutation for Net surfers, and Mahir fan clubs sprouted like mushrooms.
www.wired.com /news/business/0,1367,34883,00.html   (424 words)

 Rediff Guide to the Net: Features: Meet the Web's unlikely celebrities
Since his message appeared online Cagri has been on a media tour in the US and other countries, made e-pals with Hollywood actors, starred in an ad campaign and appeared on talk shows.
But while Cagri may have achieved his ambition to "be friendship from different country" he has also become the target of parodies and spoofs, some of them pornographic.
Due to the Net's speed, ease of use and global reach it has become the quickest route to popularity for people who are otherwise unlikely to be in the limelight.
www.rediff.com /search/2001/dec/21hero.htm   (846 words)

 Istanbul.tc 's tribute to Mahir Cagri
Mahir Mafia warned me and gave me an ultimatum to delete all the content.
As of July 20 2005, CNET chose the original mahir page as one of the 10 best pages for the last 10 years..
We Love You Mahir photograph (This was sent to me assuming that I was Mahir ;-), I still receive similar mails click here to view
istanbul.tc /mahir   (225 words)

 TIME.com: Internet -- Nov. 22, 1999 -- Page 1
The Internet has produced its first postmodern superhero in the form of MAHIR CAGRI, a 37-year-old man with a beak nose and, by his own admission, an interest in Ping-Pong, sex and playing the accordion.
Cagri, who "invitates" any young women coming to his hometown of Izmir to stay in his home, has provoked Clinton-based parodies, flash animations and a large Web fan club.
Cagri, who follows Islamic custom by praying five times a day, says he's alarmed by the thousands of e-mails he receives daily, mostly from women.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,992641,00.html   (380 words)

Cagri is the latest instant celebrity -- from gossip-writer Matt Drudge to online pinup Cindy Margolis -- created by the culture of the global computer network.
Something about Cagri's combination of corniness and guilelessness, his misspellings and prominent nose, tickled the global funny bone.
On Nov. 4, Cagri woke to find himself with the leading role in a full-fledged Web craze -- dwarfing even the Hampster Dance and the dancing baby -- as the link to his page was sent via e-mail around the world.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/fr/571736/replies?c=1   (562 words)

 Official Mahir Web Ring
Mahir ate my balls, a combination of two of the funniest and corniest web sties around...
The funny story of my pet rat (Twit) on his search to obtain the balls of Mahir Cagri.
How Mahir can tell if his cow has mad cow disease.
b.webring.com /hub?ring=mahir   (289 words)

 Gettingit.com: I Kiss You!!!
Mahir's response was so formulaic, suspicions were raised that he might be an auto-responder (and of course Mahir Cagri translates from the Turkish into "skillful invitation").
But we still had faith in Mahir, because as Rod Serling once said, never underestimate the power of the meek.
We tried to call Mahir about it, but both the phone numbers on his page -- and even the mobile phone number he sent us via email -- had been disconnected.
www.gettingit.com /article/293   (1414 words)

 They're just wild about Mahir | Tech News on ZDNet
Mahir's personal home page, featuring photos and personal information about the Izmir, Turkey, native, somehow hit a nerve among Web surfers over the past few months.
The freelance journalist and part-time teacher appears to be readily embracing his newfound popularity, as he spent the entire evening hiding his eyes behind the traditional celebrity garb of reflective sunglasses.
In addition to a great deal of kissing at the party, Mahir also gave an impromptu performance on his favorite musical instrument, the accordion.
news.zdnet.com /2100-9595_22-517310.html   (750 words)

 iStuff.org [ iPROFILES: I KISS YOU!! ]
Perhaps the best example of cyber-cheese, Mahir Cagri's home page embodies the heart and soul of iStuff.
Intended to serve as a sort of personal ad, Cagri's site gained notoriety simply by word of mouth, by amused visitors who felt the urge to share the site with friends.
Cagri seems to be taking everything in stride and is using his popularity to promote world peace, address issues of child abuse and poverty, and within his home country, garner support and aid for Turkish Earthquake Relief.
www.istuff.org /week/profiles/ikissyou.html   (315 words)

 Steve's Web Stop Fun Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Mahir's current Web Site - The Mahir sensation is alive, if not quite as sensational.
Mahir Is Gone - What you'll now see at the original location.
There are Mahir songs, a Mahir Portal (no longer active) with all kinds of Mahir links and resources, a Mahir Webring, and of course, a Dancing Mahir (see above section on "Dancing" pages).
www.concentric.net /~steveis/links.shtml   (2975 words)

 Festville: Making it easier to have a daily fest: Mahir Cagri
Mahir is the most famous name in the history of Turkish singles ads.
Something about his simple, no-nonsense approach in telling his readers he wanted to put his mouth on them charmed the world.
Mahir, who is want to speake english needs learn first.
www.josephschell.com /fest/archives/000108.html   (148 words)

 Music: March 22, 2001
In the last year, Mahir Cagri has gone from unassuming Turkish schoolteacher, fishing for female companionship via a simple but honest Web site, to media figure celebrated the world 'round.
Mahir has seen the darker side of the human experience firsthand.
To this end, Mahir is already auctioning his accordion and ping-pong paddles.
www.montrealmirror.com /ARCHIVES/2001/032201/music1.html   (631 words)

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